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The Healthcare Education Transformation Podcast

Aug 15, 2022

In this episode of the HET Podcast, our co-host, Dr. Mahlon Stewart interviews Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese. Join us for a discussion on the National Academies of Practice and some of the challenges with interprofessional education.


Dr. Laurel Daniels Abbruzzese, PT, EdD, FNAP currently serves as the Director of the Performing Arts Fellowship Program and is an Associate Professor of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine in the Programs in Physical Therapy at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (VP&S), CUIMC. Dr.Abbruzzese earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Columbia College, a Master of Science degree in Physical Therapy at VP&S, and both a Master of Education and Doctor of Education degree in Biobehavioral Sciences at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Abbruzzese has over twenty-five years of clinical experience in physical therapy and over 15 years as an educator. At CUIMC, Dr. Abbruzzese teaches Clinical Geriatrics, Kinesiology & Biomechanics, and Professional Leadership & Practice. She is a fierce advocate for social justice and interprofessional education and collaborative practice. She serves on the Columbia Commons Steering Committee, the Rehabilitation & Regenerative Medicine DEI committee, and the Anti-Racist Transformation in Medical Education group at VP&S. She was recently inducted into the Virginia Apgar Academy of MedicalEducators. Dr. Abbruzzese is recognized nationally as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in theNational Academies of Practice, which advocates for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice, and chairs the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Taskforce. In 2022 she was awarded the Emerging Interprofessional National Academies of Practice Member of the Year. Dr. Abbruzzese is a Certified Exercise Expert for AgingAdults (CEEAA) and is part of the national CEEAA faculty. Dr. Abbruzzese also serves as the President of the Performing Arts Special Interest Group (PASIG) of the American Physical Therapy Association Academy of Orthopedics. She is a 2022-23 fellow in the APTA Fellowship in Higher Education Leadership. In the fall of 2022, Dr. Abbruzzese will join the Board of the Physical Therapy Learning Institute (PTLI).